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First Day — Sep 12, 2018

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Today is the first day the following items have appeared in Around Town. Items are generally published a maximum of five times.)

CREATIVE WRITING CLASS

Adults ages 18 and up are invited to a “Introduction to Creative Writing” with NMSU-Carlsbad Assistant Professor of English Zane Biebelle at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, in the Artesia Public Library meeting room. National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is just around the corner; this will be the first of three programs leading up to the big event. For more information, contact Jo Nickerson-Harper, adult services librarian, at 746-8506.

LUNCHTIME BOOK GROUP

Adults ages 18 and up are invited to bring a sack lunch and join the Artesia Public Library’s Lunchtime Book Discussion Group from noon – 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17. The book will be “The End of the World Running Club” by Adrian J. Walker. Copies are available for checkout at the library. For more information, contact Jo Nickerson-Harper, adult services librarian, at 746-8506.

ARTIST WORKSHOP

A Resin Pour artist workshop with instructor Whytnie McDonald will be presented at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center. Cost is $45, all materials included. Register online at http://www.artesiaartscouncil.com or call the OPAC box office at 746-4212.


(EDITOR’S NOTE: Around Town is intended to announce events of interest to the general public in Artesia and the immediate area. Announcements of club and nonprofit organizations, school activities, government events and church activities are generally included in Around Town.)

QUILT SHOW

The Artesia Quilters Guild’s 17th annual show is on display through Sept. 29 at the Artesia Historical Museum and Art Center during regular business hours: 9 a.m. – noon and 1-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 1-5 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call 748-2390.

MOTHER GOOSE ON THE LOOSE

Children ages birth to 2 and their parents are invited to enjoy music, stories and low-key playtime during “Mother Goose on the Loose” from 10-10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at the Artesia Public Library. This week’s theme is community helpers. For more information, call the library at 746-4252.

HELPERS CLUB

The September meeting of the Helpers Club of San Pedro Nursing and Rehabilitation Center will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, in the First Baptist Church Total Life Center west meeting room. All members are urged to attend. For more information, call 365-7244.

ON THE MOVE

The On the Move Outreach Center, 515 W. Centre Ave., has an overabundance of clothing to distribute. No voucher needed; anyone can pick out what they need. Other household items are also available, as well as two wedding dresses, $50 each. Almost all items are free but donations are appreciated. Until further notice, the center will not be accepting clothing with the exception of infant, toddler and children’s sizes. Sheets, towels, curtains, dinner plates, and pots and pans are needed. All donations are tax-deductible. Clean and folded items are helpful. The center is open from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturdays.

SEPTEMBER BLOOD DRIVES

United Blood Services will hold three blood drives during the month of September: 2-5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, in the Senior Center multi-purpose room; and 8-11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14, in the Bloodmobile at Penasco Valley Telecommunications.

EDUCATIONAL RETIREES

The Artesia Association of Educational Retirees will meet at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at Hotel Artesia. A representative of Artesia General Hospital will be the speaker. All former Artesia Public Schools employees are invited to attend.

CLASS OF 1968

The Artesia High School Class of 1968 will be featured on the Dave Earl radio show from 7-9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14. The show is hosted by David Kinney, a member of the Class, who will interview classmates and play music from ’68. To listen, visit http://www.kupr.org and click the “Listen Now” button. Anyone wishing to share memories may call in to the show between 7 and 8 a.m. The number is 505-771-9007. Several classmates will call via speaker phone at 8 a.m.; to join them, contact Johnny Knorr at 746-4409.

CLASS OF 1978

The Artesia High School Class of 1978 will hold a reunion dance from 8 p.m. – 12 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Artesia Country Club. All alumni of Artesia High School are welcome to attend. Cost is $10 per person.

BATMAN DAY

The public is invited to join the Artesia Public Library in celebrating Batman Day from 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. The free event will feature snacks, games and fun. Costumes are encouraged. For more information, call the library at 746-4252.

LET’S CLAY

The Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest will hold a claywork program from 9:45 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sept. 15 and 12:15-3:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at the program center, 2709 W. Main St. (behind the Moose Lodge). Girls in grades 4-12 will learn about working with different types of clay and create jewelry and pottery for themselves or as gifts. Cost is $18; need not be a Girl Scout to attend. For more information, contact Demitri at 505-320-4549.

WHAT CAN YOU MACRAME

Adults ages 18 and up are invited to a “What Can You Macramé?” class from 10-11:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 17, at the Senior Center. Make simple projects, ranging from jewelry to plant hangers. Beginners and advanced both welcome. Materials provided. For more information, contact Jo Nickerson-Harper, adult services librarian, at 746-8506.

CHILDREN’S STORYTIME

StoryTime will be held Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the Artesia Public Library. Mouse Time from 10-10:30 a.m. is a “quiet” program featuring stories, puppets, finger plays, and songs for parents and children to enjoy together. Craft Time will be held from 10:30-11 a.m. Lion Time from 11-11:30 a.m. is an “active and loud” program featuring stories, songs, dances and movement. This week’s theme is community helpers. For more information, call the library at 746-4252.

STRESS LESS

Adults ages 18 and up are invited to a new program series, Stress Less, from 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the Artesia Public Library. A different stress-relieving activity will be explored during each meeting. The group will meet the third Tuesday of every month. This month’s activity is diamond painting, a cross between color-by-number and cross-stitch. For more information, contact Jo Nickerson-Harper, adult services librarian, at 746-8506.

COWBOY CELEBRATION

The Pecos Valley Baptist Associatin will hold a senior adult event, “Cowboy Celebration,” at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the First Baptist Church Total Life Center. Don Lankford, ordained minister and cowboy poet, will be the special guest. The event will include a musical performance by the Mountain Saddle Band from Show Low, Ariz., and end with a time of fellowship and a meal prepared by the West Main Baptist kitchen crew. A love offering will be taken to help defray the cost. For more information, visit http://www.pecosvalleybaptist.com or call 877-879-2729.

CHANGING LIVES COALITION

Changing Lives Coalition will hold an Open House from 7-9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 702 W. Chisum Ave. Come check out the building and learn about the 7024U Youth Outreach Center and Drug Free Community programs. Doughnuts and coffee will be served. For more information, call 736-7024.

SNMCAC BOARD

The Southeast New Mexico Community Action Corporation (SNMCAC) will hold a board of directors meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at the SNMCAC Building, 1915 San Jose Blvd., Carlsbad. For more information, call 575-887-3939.

PUNT PASS & KICK

A Punt Pass & Kick competition will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, with finals at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at the Russ DeKay Soccer Complex in Roswell. Registration will be held from 1-5 p.m. Sept. 1, 15, 22 and 29 at Russ DeKay. Several divisions are available, including adult men and women, depending on age. Must show proof of age at registration. Cost is $10 per participant. For more information or to register, contact Robert at 623-8658 or Keith at Roswell Sign Shoppe, 105 W. Sixth St., Roswell.

QUARTERBACK CLUB

The Artesia Quarterback Club meets at 7:30 p.m. each Tuesday at the Bulldog Bowl field house. All men are welcome to come support the football program.

ROAD CONSTRUCTION

White Cloud Pipeline Corporation will be working in the area of the intersection of First Street and East Richey Avenue through Thursday, Oct. 4. Motorists are asked to use caution in the construction zone.

LADIES’ BIBLE STUDY

A Ladies’ Bible Study will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursdays at The Jahva House. Come have a cup of coffee, good conversation, and time in God’s word as the group studies how to become women of freedom. For more information, contact Lindsey at 365-5505.

PREGNANCY HELP CENTER

Pregnancy Help Center is accepting donations of children’s items, including clothing, shoes, accessories, furniture, sports gear, etc., as well as maternity clothing. Mina Rue’s Children’s Resale Boutique will open in September. Donations are tax deductible and used to benefit mothers in need. Items may be dropped off at 610 W. Quay Ave. or A Cowgirl’s Closet. For more information, call 513-1826.

REFEREES NEEDED

Park Junior High School is seeking referees, male and female, who are willing to officiate eighth-grade and freshman football, volleyball and basketball games. To volunteer or for more information, contact Mike Nuanes at [email protected].

COMMUNITY BIBLE STUDY

Registration for Community Bible Study is now open. Email [email protected]. The 2018-19 study will be the book of Acts. Child classes are available. CBS will meet from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays at First Baptist Church beginning Aug. 28.

GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP

Debi Argo will conduct a weekly seminar and support group for people who are grieving the death of a loved one. Classes will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesdays for 14 weeks, beginning Aug. 29, in the Fireside Room at Trinity Temple Assembly of God, 16th Street and Hermosa Drive. RSVP to Stacy Natera at 308-8175 or Rebecca Malone at 365-5691.

LADIES’ BIBLE STUDY

All ladies are invited to participate in a lunch-hour Bible study covering the books of Joshua and Judges from noon – 1 p.m. Thursdays, continuing through Nov. 8, at the First Baptist Church Total Life Center. For more information, contact Rita Derrick at 513-1523.

LITERACY COUNCIL

The Artesia Literacy Council office is open for registration and testing for the new year. Stop by to register or update information on file. A new evaluation method is being utilized to help better identify educational needs. Day and evening classes are available in pre-GED, ESL, basic literacy and citizenship. For more information, call 748-9740 or visit 1507 W. Hermosa Drive.

LITERACY TUTORS

The Artesia Literacy Council in in need of volunteer tutors. Need not speak Spanish or any other language to tutor. A commitment of one to two hours per week is all that is needed. Certify online. To volunteer or for more information, call 748-9740 or visit 1507 W. Hermosa Drive.

ART IN THE PARK BOOTHS

Booth spaces are now available for the Artesia Arts Council’s annual Art in the Park event, set for Saturday, Oct. 20, at Central Park. Spaces are $75. To register or for more information, contact Melonie at 746-4212.

SENIOR CITIZENS LUNCH

The Artesia Moose Lodge, 2701 W. Main St., will serve lunch to senior citizens at 11 a.m. the first Saturday of each month.

AUXILIARY THRIFT SHOP

The Artesia General Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop, 611 N. First St., is open from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday. The shop is no longer offering bag sales. Donations can be dropped off during business hours.

SNMCAC ASSISTANCE

The Southeast New Mexico Community Action Corporation would like to inform Artesia-area residents that assistance is available with rent, utilities and prescriptions with a complete, approved application. Applications are available from 9-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-3 p.m. Wednesdays at the SNMCAC Building, 1313 Gilchrist Ave. Ask for Bonnie.

ENGLISH CLASS

A free English as a second language class will be conducted at 7 p.m. Thursdays at 2519 W. Hermosa Drive. For more information, call 308-4700.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The Ocotillo Performing Arts Center is seeking volunteers/docents to help with tasks such as watching over the gallery, answering phones, taking messages, straightening up, etc. Volunteers can receive discounts on tickets, workshops, classes, etc. For more information, contact Laurie at the OPAC, 746-4212 or [email protected].

TOPS

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) is a weight-loss group that meets at 9 a.m. each Wednesday at the Senior Center. The group offers lessons on good nutrition and losing weight. Need not be a Senior Center member to attend. For more information, call 736-0250.

AUTISM SUPPORT

A support group is being formed for families of children with autism. For more information, contact Jessica at 420-1391 or Eric at 420-0059.

YOGA CLASSES

Adult yoga classes for all skill levels are held from 9-10:15 a.m. Saturdays and Kids’ Yoga from 10:30-11:45 a.m. Saturdays at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center. Cost is $10 for a drop-in class or $80 for a 10-class package. For more information, call the OPAC at 746-4212.

STAINED GLASS CLASSES

Openings are now available for adults wishing to learn the art of stained glass. Classes will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday evenings. For more information, contact Felipe at 308-9112.

ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT

Artesia General Hospital and the Alzheimer’s Association will host an Alzheimer’s Family Support Group from 10-11 a.m. the third Thursday of each month in the AGH Senior Care Unit dining room (enter via AGH Human Resources entrance off of 13th Street; ring bell of Senior Care Unit for admission). Refreshments are served. Families dealing with a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia, or those wishing to learn more about the diseases, are encouraged to attend. For more information, call 736-8175.

PLACED BY GRACE

A Placed by Grace adoption ministry meets at 3:30 p.m. the first and third Sunday of every month in the Harvest Fellowship Sanctuary, 404 W. Richey Ave. Anyone who has been part of an adoption is invited to attend. For more information, contact Harvest Fellowship at 746-6195.

CELEBRATE RECOVERY

Celebrate Recovery, a non-denominational, Christ-centered recovery program, is held each Tuesday at Hermosa Church of Christ. A meal is served at 6 p.m., followed by the program from 6:30-8:30 p.m. For more information or to volunteer, call 513-2709 or 308-9273.

MEALS ON WHEELS

Artesia Meals on Wheels is seeking volunteers. The organization delivers hot lunches to the elderly and individuals with disabilities. For more information on volunteering or registering a participant to receive meals, call 746-9642.

KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE

The Keeping the Dream Alive organization will meet at 5:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the Artesia Center, 612 N. Eighth St. The public is invited to attend.

GRIEF SHARE

Lakeview Christian Hospice will offer Grief Share, a video and support group for those who have experienced the death of a loved one, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday mornings at the Senior Center, 202 Chisum Ave. For more information, contact Ronda Suderman King at 575-887-0933.

MOPS

Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) meets the first and third Thursdays of each month. MOPS is open to mothers with children ages newborn-kindergarten. This is a way to meet moms in the community. Childcare is provided. For more information, visit Artesia MOPS on Facebook.

SENIOR BINGO

The Southeast New Mexico Community Action Corporation’s senior citizens’ bingo program takes place at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS

Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. Monday through Friday at 312 W. Kemp Ave. Rides are available. For more information, call David any time, day or night, at 602-9210.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS

Alcoholics Anonymous meets from 7-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 4-5 p.m. Sundays at 505 W. Richey Ave.